The gigs are coming thick and fast in October and this was the first of three gigs this week! Although it has been a long time between drinks since we last visited Dead Cat back in December, it remains one of our favourite nights. The regular gig plays host to some of the best alternative acts on the circuit and conducts itself at the wonderful Labyrinth of a pub, the wonderfully quirky Sandbar.
Blimey, it’s been a long week. Pretty knackering, as it goes. We’re not ready to head home just yet though. Instead, we’re on our way to watch some musical comedy. The artist in question is acoustic guitar-wielding Chris Tavener, who has tempted us along to a recording of his show.
We’ve checked out a few of his songs and we’re ready to be entertained. Let’s see how it goes. Continue reading “Chris Tavener @ Three Minute Theatre”
Yep, you’ve read that right. We can be a bit cultured when we want! So how did we find ourselves inadvertently at a poetry evening? It had a smattering of stand-up comedy of course!
After a months hiatus due to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Trapdoor Comedy was back with two nights at its regular haunts Solomons and The Old Monkey. It was the latter which we found ourselves visiting again, having last attended it back in January. The Old Monkey has the air of a friendly local ‘boozer’ within the city centre and at under £3 a pint, definitely not city centre prices!
We’ll experience a lot of new things tonight. Somewhat lamentably, being the only people at a gig is not one of those things.
We’ve chosen to continue our improv education with Longform Fridays, a new night from the prolific folks at ComedySportz. The lesson will be a lot more intense than we bargained for. Continue reading “Longform Fridays with ComedySportz @ The King’s Arms”
Daniel Kitson is a genius. I know this because it’s one of those things smug people say to let you know that they like comedy more than you. At long last, tonight’s the night to find out for myself. Continue reading “Daniel Kitson: Something Other Than Everything @ The Royal Exchange”
XS Malarkey has a new home this week. Okay, technically it’s the same building, but the owners have splurged £450,000 to turn the shabby Pub/Zoo into an altogether more pleasant setting.
We’ve popped down to the newly opened Bread Shed to see if it’s altered the Malarkey experience. Continue reading “XS Malarkey Gets a Makeover: Max & Ivan, Joe Lycett”
We’re one whole year old today! It has been a year since we set about reviewing all the best live comedy Manchester has to offer and it has been a weird and wonderful year! We’ve been to over 40 gigs, seen more than 100 acts, drank more than 200 pints, had over 4000 visitors to our site and worn 1 wig. So what were our best bits? Well why don’t we tell you…
We’ve seen the sign above the bar a few times. An improvised comedy murder mystery. Sure, the first bit and the second bit make sense, but what will they look like when they’re mashed together?
This is Murder Inc., who bring their combo of quick wit and sudden death to The Ape & Apple twice a month. The place is packed. We’re about to see why. Continue reading “Murder Inc. Presents: Die School Reunion”
It’s a Friday night in the middle of summer, it’s wet, it’s windy, it’s Manchester. We’d expect nothing less! Luckily tonight’s entertainment was on round the corner at the Kings Arms in Salford. We’d left the warmth of our flat to brave the elements to see the debut show for one of our favourite acts of 2016 – Ad Dougie Douglas. His debut show ‘Happy Birthday Clarky!’ was running over 2 nights as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe. This was third time seeing ‘Dougie’ having previously seen him at the Comedy Balloon and in the surreal surroundings of Sham Bodie. Continue reading “Ad Dougie Douglas: Happy Birthday Clarky!”